We'd like to share with you this recent Q&A between our very own Adrian and the wonderful guys over at After Dark Ping Pong. Move over Table Tennis, the Ping Pong community is on the rise! ADPP has been investigating the recent increase in ‘social Ping Pong’.
Table Tennis has come a long way since it was first played on the dining room tables at rich aristocrat’s dinner parties. The sport is now played at a professional level through competitions like the ITTF Pro Tour. There are domestic leagues present in most countries across Europe and in Asia, and the sport at junior level is as competitive as it has ever been. The area of the sport that has seen the biggest rise over the last year is ‘social Ping Pong’.
Here's some of the questions:
Why and when did Pongathon start up?
Pongathon started up because I have a passion for ping pong and music and wanted to create a social and innovative way to enjoy the game. We launched in October at Richmix in Shoreditch and the response has been quite frankly overwhelming!
Are the founders Ping Pong players?
Only me, I am the one that misspent my childhood playing in Schools, cold Church Halls and drafty youth clubs! Actually got to junior county standard before retiring from the game at the tender age of 16. This was due to discovering girls!
What type of player do you get playing at Pongathon?
Everyone is over 18 to start with as Pongathon’s are all about giving the pub a break and enjoying a ‘responsible’ drink with your friends and work colleagues whilst engaging in some healthy ping pong activity! What type of people? Well interestingly enough our male/ female ratio is 50/50 which tells us the ladies are welcoming the change to something they like playing for a change!
Read the rest of this great article from this link http://afterdarkpingpong.com/pong
A massive shout to the ADPP guys for publishing this article on us, may the Pong be with you.
The Pongathon Team